by King George

CONDITIONS were a bit up and down through the week but there were quite reasonable patches, which made the effort worthwhile.
One thing of note is that there appears to be good numbers of king fish making an appearance.

Wonthaggi Angling Club: The Wonthaggi Angling Club held its presentation night last Saturday evening.
The overall club champion was Shaun Thompson with 29,285 points and just beat Alan Bentick points who had 29,146 points.
The veteran club champion was Alan Bentick with 29,146 points while Peter Clarke was runner-up with 18,976 points.
The senior male champion was Shaun Thompson with 28,285 points while the runner-up was Robert Thompson with 18,976 points.
The junior male champion was Harry Howell with 2,329 points and the runner-up champion was Josh Rhodes with 333 points.
The junior female club champion was Tahia Sharples with 1525 points and runner-up was Cheyenne Sharples with 420 points.
There were two special awards given to George Scott and Brett Sharples.
George Scott was made a Life Member.
The club AGM is to be on Monday, May 18 at the clubrooms.
This is when all positions will be declared vacant and elections held.

Inverloch: At times there have been good patches of weather and the fishing has been making the efforts worthwhile.
Outside the entrance there are gummies, good size snapper and just behind the breakers flathead and pinkies being bagged.
Last week an Inverloch angler hooked into and landed a very good size king fish after a long fight.
There have been other positive reports as far as the kingies are concerned but even so it would be fair to say that they are still hook shy.
The area around Pensioners Corner has been popular as far as land based anglers have been concerned.
Reasonable size whiting, mullet and silvers have been making up most bags with best results being on the run out tide and first of the run in flow.
From one end of the inlet to the other the fishing has been reasonable.
At Mahers Landing there has been whiting, silvers, flathead, reasonable gummies, salmon and perch caught.
King George came across a happy family who were trying their luck with not a great deal of success.
This didn’t really worry them as they were having a great time paddling around in the safe shallows even though there was a chill in the breeze.
Being just a short distance away in Korumburra they said they will be back again at the first opportunity.
Further up from Mahers Landing up to the Double Islands there are coutta, pinkies, flathead and eels making an appearance and it would be fair to say that there can be a fair bit of water mixed in with the fish.
There haven’t been any reports as far as the Tarwin River has been concerned but there is always the chance of perch that will come along and take presentations such as Bass yabbies, clickers or a variety of artificial lures.
Soft plastic lures at the run off tide should bring in some fish.
There have been a few silvers and mullet being caught but it is fair to say there is plenty of water mixed in.

Port Welshpool: Information from the boat storage is that things have been a bit on the quiet side where just a few gummies and flathead have been caught with most boats not having much to show for their efforts.
There has been however puzzling numbers of king fish showing up.
King George received a report from a boater who wished to remain anonymous; he said there are stories of the kingies turning up in large numbers which he says is puzzling for this time of year.
Information from Port Albert is that there has not been much activity through the week apart from gummies and flathead that are being caught in reasonable numbers.
The news that king fish have been in good numbers poses more questions, which is interesting.
Are they here all year round or do they just come and go as they please?
Of course there will be many other theories and it would be interesting to hear what other people think.

Lakes Entrance: Fraser Island and Nungurner has been good for whiting.
The town jetties for a mixed bag, trevally, tailor, mullet, black bream, silver and King George whiting.
Best results on prawn and pipis.
Off shore snapper to 40cm are being caught at 6 and 8 mile reefs, flatties are in closer. Best bait is pilchards.

Lake Tyers: Bream and flathead are about at Trident Arm. Some tailor have been taking metal lures in the bottom lake. Try late morning in shallow areas for bream and flathead. Best bait being prawn and plastics.
High tide is good for salmon on the surf.
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Mitchell River: Bream are out and about from the bluff to the cut and down toward the two bells.
To the right of the ramp the holding jetty is worth a try for bream and mullet. Best bait being prawn and worm.

Tambo River: From the mouth of the river and towards the poplars is producing bream on prawn.

Nicholson: Bream are returning up the river from Thumb Point and the Little Cliffs. Pear tree also worth a try. Best bait is prawn.

Metung: Lake King Jetty, the Marina and up to Chinamans Creek are best for bream. Bait of choice being prawn.

Paynesville: Bream are at the town jetties taking prawn. Sea mullet or potty mullet are being being caught, best method is jagging them. Luderick are also about. Leather jackets are taking prawn or berley with potato.

Hollands Landing: Blonde Bay, red bluff and down to storm point for bream, mullet, flathead and the odd luderick. Best bait soft shell, prawn and worm.

Marlo: Bream are up in the lake system from Frenchs Narrows to Lake Corringle and backwaters. Best bait prawn and worm.
Salmon and tailor are around the entrance.
Surf beaches for salmon and tailor on poppers and pilchards.
Off shore is good for pinky snapper, gummies and flathead taking blue bait and squid.
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Bemm River: The lake system has dirty water in it but there are some bream taking peeled prawn.
The surf beach is producing salmon and tailor on poppers, pilchard and blue bait.

Tamboon Inlet: From Pelican Point and the campsite for bream and flatties on prawn and worm. Try shallow lagoon as well.
The surf has salmon and tailor being caught on poppers and blue bait.

Mallacoota: Salmon have been caught at the new breakwater.
Trevally at the main and fisheries jetties, bream in the top lake taking prawn.
Flathead are about in the narrows.
Try the surf beach for salmon, tailor and yellow fin. Best results are on poppers and pilchards.

Omeo High Country: The rivers are steadily rising, some fish are about. Try floating worm and centa lures. Best results are on gold or bronze coloured wing.

A tip from King George for beginners: Rock fishing has been rated as the most dangerous of sports and the vast majority of accidents have been put down to human error.
Before going out, always check the weather and if there is a storm warning then put the trip off for another day.
Never, ever go out if there is a warning as this is inviting disaster.
If one of your party does fall into the water, you are going to add to the danger if you go in after the victim, especially if there is no one else to raise the alarm.
Always let someone know where you are going as well as your ETA (estimated time of arrival back home).
Always have a fully charged mobile phone just in case and wear proper footwear.
Finally, never take your eyes off the water – never turn your back on the sea as we have all heard of freak waves washing people off the rocks; the fact is, there is no such thing as ‘freak waves’, they are always there. Having taken all these precautions, have a great trip and Tightlines.

Keep the fishing info coming to King George on snafu1@dcsi.net.au or 5672 3474. Good luck and Tightlines.